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Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq: A Tribute

Shah Monjurul Hoque
Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq: A Tribute

Widely recognized as one of the great lawyers of this nation, late Senior Advocate, Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq was born on 2 November 1935 in a Muslim family. His father was Dr.

Mominul Huq.

He Passed M. A. from University of Calcutta in 1957 and obtained his LLB degree from the same University in 1958. He was enrolled in the High Court of Calcutta in 1960. Later on in 1961, he was called to the Bar by the Hon’ble Society of Lincoln’s Inn, UK. Thereafter, he joined and started his practice in the High Court of Dhaka in 1962. He was enrolled in the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1965 and as a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in 1975. From 1975 to 1976, he acted as Chairman of the Bar Council Tribunal as well as Election Tribunal. He was appointed as the Attorney General for Bangladesh in 1990 and in that capacity, he also acted as Chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council. Moreover, he was one of the members of the representative team who attended the General Assembly Meeting of the United Nations in 1990.

Late Huq was the pioneer of the company and corporate law in Bangladesh. He was one of the members of the Company Law Reform Committee in 1977. In addition, he was a member of the Finance, Banking and Credit related National Committee wherein he acted as a Chairman of the Finance and Banking Sub-Committee and played a pivotal role in reforming the banking laws. He also played an important role in enacting various laws including Bangladesh Bank Orders and Private Investment laws. He was one of the members of the Committee formed for developing the share market. He was also Chairman of the Corporate Law Committee. Moreover, he was the member of International Chamber of Commerce Law, Asia and International Court of Arbitration. He was an independent director of many national and private institutions and thus played an important role in economic development of Bangladesh. He was not only a corporate lawyer. He contributed significantly in the development of many fields of law including constitutional, civil, criminal, admiralty, customs, Income Tax, Arbitration. He played the role of an amicus curie in many cases of constitutional importance where interpretation of the constitution of Bangladesh was directly involved. He assisted the Hon’ble Court to solve many questions of constitutional law by interpreting those by his legal acumen. He has conducted thousands of cases, nearly 500 of them have been reported in the recognized law Reports such as DLR, BLD, MLR, BLC, ADC, BLT and others. He was out and out a lawyer. He was very punctual. He appeared before the court on time. Without preparation, he never appeared before the court. I have never seen him to mislead the court knowingly or recklessly. He was not only a famous lawyer himself. He generated many juniors, some of them have been elevated as judges to the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Three of his juniors have had the honour to act as the Chief Justice of Bangladesh. Some of his juniors were elected as Member of Parliament and acted as Minister. Moreover, those of his juniors have been in the practice are performing remarkably and established themselves as good lawyers.

Late Huq shall be remembered among the people for his social works as well. He played a remarkable role in establishing many hospitals, school and college. He was the Chairman of BIRDEM Hospital, Shishu Hospital, Ad-Deen Hospital, Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital. Moreover, he established Bongobandhu School and College in Chandra, Gazipur. He established a private hospital in Chandra, Gazipur for providing treatment to the local people. He received many awards from various institutions for his activities both home and abroad. He received Mother Terisa Gold Medal from Senate of the United States of America. His contribution as a lawyer in the national crisis at the time of 2007 to 2009 was enormous. When many lawyers got afraid to represent the political leaders, he came out courageously. He acted as a lawyer of the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, many other political leaders and businessmen and thus helped for ensuring rule of law and democracy at the time of grave crisis in Bangladesh. Such contribution shall be remember in the days, months and years to come. I had had the opportunity to act his junior. If I can be proud of anything in my life as lawyer is his juniorship as this has shaped me gradually to be a lawyer of this generation. Without his juniorship, I would not have been what I am today. I am indebted to my senior. Though he is no more, he shall be remembered from generation to generation and shall remain as inspiration for all lawyers to come. May Allah rest him in peace.

The writer is an Advocate at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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